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Re: Champion windrower?

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01-31-2013 15:39:32

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I have a pretty good knowledge about AGCO's windrowers and have never heard of the Champion brand; it for sure isn't in the AGCO family. The picture you have of the AGCO windrower looks like a rebadged Hesston 8500 which was built from the mid-90's until around 2000.

I too did a little Googling and found this description and spec sheet for the Champion. It appears very different from a regular American SP windrower in that it uses a steering rear axle instead of the usual dual-path steering system.

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01-31-2013 18:51:23

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 Re: Champion windrower? in reply to Brendon-KS, 01-31-2013 15:39:32  
Interesting to see the Champion is a Danish machine. I believe I found the Agco Allis picture on a European site which led me in the wrong direction. There's some interesting swathers made in Europe such as the Fortschritt which was made in East Germany (along with combines). I wonder if the Champion was imported by a dealer or an individual?

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01-31-2013 16:50:06

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 Re: Champion windrower? in reply to Brendon-KS, 01-31-2013 15:39:32  
By any chance do you work for AGCO/Hesston? Just curious, my brother is in combine field test down there...

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01-31-2013 18:02:40

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 Re: Champion windrower? in reply to LonM, 01-31-2013 16:50:06  
Sure do. I work at lot more closely with the hay tool field test guys but would probably at least know who your brother is.

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01-31-2013 18:10:25

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 Re: Champion windrower? in reply to Brendon-KS, 01-31-2013 18:02:40  
Neat. He is John M and has been running Gleaners lately...

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01-31-2013 18:37:25

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 Re: Champion windrower? in reply to LonM, 01-31-2013 18:10:25  
Yup, I do know who John is. I don't work directly with him but we cross paths occasionally in the lab and shop.

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